Attire: Business Casual
Understanding Blockchain & Digital Transformation - Karnak
Blockchain and digital assets such as cryptocurrencies as led by Bitcoin, have emerged as part of a global conversation on digital transformation over the past decade. This interactive presentation is designed to help businesses and investors gain a broad understanding of the blockchain and digital asset ecosystem.
Outcomes: 1) Understanding the distinctions among Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, and Blockchains, 2) Learning how blockchains really work, and 3) Understanding where digital transformation is evolving with newly emerging themes such as Decentralized Finance (DeFi), Nonfungible Tokens (NFTs), etc.
Practices for Continuing your Journey - Karnak
The ancient philosopher-poet Archilocus warns us that “We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training”. Leveraging what you have learned and experienced over the course of the Academy, in this presentation we will discuss daily practices you can put into place as you return home to maintain the momentum and continue your development as a leader. Outcomes: Identify daily practices that will serve to continue your journey toward self-mastery, and therefore your impact as a world-centric leader.
Learning Group Sessions - Assigned Breakout rooms
Realizing Your Future Aspirations
Outcomes: You will have an opportunity to share your future aspirations with the members of your Learning Group who have gotten to know you over the course of the Academy.
Understanding the Power of Mela - Karnak
As an effective leader, you have the ability to shape the future; and Mela can play a powerful role in that process. Upon completing the Mela Masterclass, you will receive your graduation certificate and be inducted into the Mela network. With an understanding of the Mela concept, you will realize the potential power of the network for helping you shape your future, both personally and professionally, as well as the future of those around you – your family, organization, community, country and even the world. You will also learn about your responsibilities as a member of Mela and opportunities to serve the network. Finally, know that the power of Mela is multiplied by its affiliation with similar, parallel networks, including SIBF, a US-based network of experienced international business leaders founded in 1981; CELA, a network of leaders from business, government, and civil society in Central Asia and the Caucasus, formed in partnership with SIBF in 2002; and SEALA, a similar network spanning South and Southeast Asia formed by SIBF in 2014. Collectively, these four sister networks include over 1600 members across some 46 countries.
Preparing for Crowd Sourcing the Future - Karnak
According to William Gibson, the future is already here, it’s just unevenly distributed. Crowd sourcing is a way of tapping into and leveraging the collective knowledge, experience, and insights of a diverse group of people to capture that future. In this exercise, Mela 12 Masterclass participants and Mela Reunion alumni will form teams to work together on imagining a specific aspect of the future. Options might include the future of leadership, work, technology, education, medicine, organizational structures, etc. You will need to work together overnight to research and brainstorm ideas, capture your collective insights, prioritize them into your top 3 to 5 themes, then prepare a short five-minute presentation to share on your aspect of the future in tomorrow’s opening session. It’s meant to be creative, fun, and playful! Enjoy then amaze us!
Dinner and Meeting with your Crowd Sourcing Group
Attire: Business Casual
Attire Grand Finale Dinner Formal / Traditional Wear
Crowd Sourcing the Future Presentations - Karnak
Each team will have no more than five minutes each for their presentations, so come prepared! Computer audio/visuals are not required. You can present your vision of the future through a skit, a song, a poem, a dance or as a speech. If you do have audio/visuals, provide them in advance so we can be ready for you when your turn comes.
Mr. Samra will share his experiences, lessons learned, and insights gained since leaving his career in London as a successful investment banker to pursue his dreams as a mountain climber and adventurer. On May 17, 2007, he became the first Egyptian and youngest Arab to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Since then, he has joined the elite club of those who have successfully climbed the highest summit on each of the seven continents as well as skied to both the South and North Poles. In the meantime, he has started two new companies and a major philanthropic organization that provides toys to orphans around the world. In the process, he has faced extraordinary challenges and inspiring insights into the nature of the universe and the purpose of life.
Learning Group Sessions Assigned Rooms
Participants' Closing Reflections
Graduation and Induction Ceremonies - Karnak
Grand Finale Dinner - Karnak
You will be individually recognized, awarded a certificate of completion for the Mela Academy, and inducted into the Mela network followed by various group photos.